Study on Waste Generation and Composition in Rapid Residential Development of Sub Urban Area in Kuala Selangor District, Selangor
Siti Rohana Mohd Yatim, Ku Halim Ku Hamid, Kamariah Noor Ismail, Zulkifili Abdul Rashid, Nur Ain Zainuddin, Farah Ayuni Shafie, Alia Azmi
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Municipal solid waste is a growing concern in cities of developing countries and households are the main contributor. Lack of reliable data sources remain one of the major drawbacks for deciding on effective waste management option. However, continued growth in municipal waste if left unattended will only intensify the problem and thus demands proactive action. Therefore, the objective of this study is to analyse waste composition and to evaluate the possible planning for effective management. The study area puncak alam selected because it is one of the rapid development area in Kuala Selangor. Using a stratified sampling method, 200 households selected from residential area. The rate of household waste generation in puncak alam is found to be 1.0 kg/capita/day and estimated each household generate 2.5kg/day. Household waste composition was 60 % organic waste, 24% recyclable waste that comprised of 8% paper and paper products,3% glass, 4% metal, 9% plastic, and 11% other waste. Organic waste has the highest score and if not managed properly, creates serious health and environmental hazards. It could be managed efficiently by composting at household and local government level.